Passionist Father Leonard Kosatka, who ministered in Japan, dies

Passionist Father Leonard Kosatka died at Norton Brownsboro Hospital Aug. 2, after a brief stay. He was 86. 

Father Kosatka, a native of Chicago, served in the Passionist mission in Japan from 1960 to 2011. He retired in 2011 to the Passionist community in Louisville.

He entered the Passionist minor seminary in Normandy, Mo., in the 1940s and was ordained a priest in 1959.

He held administrative positions in Japan, but also preached missions and retreats, ministered as a chaplain at a leprosarium and served as a pastor.

Much of his ministry centered on service as a prison chaplain. He served as director of Detention Ministry for the Osaka Archdiocese, vice president of the Japanese Christian Prison Chaplains Association and President of the Japan Catholic Correctional Chaplains Federation.  He also represented the International Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care, a Non-Governmental organization at the U.N.

Visitation will be at St. Agnes Church, 1920 Newburg Road, on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Passionist Cemetery by the church.

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